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Laser Safety

The Laser Safety group provides safety and compliance support and training for the use of lasers. ESH holds the registration certificates for university lasers and issues permits to users.

Lasers and laser systems are classified within FDA/CDRH (Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health) regulations according to their potential to cause injury, as indicated by the laser output energy or power and wavelengths. The designated classification of a laser or laser system can be found on the laser hazard label of the instrument and in the manufacturer’s operating instructions. Lasers without classification labels or lasers constructed or modified in the laboratory must be reviewed by ESH for appropriate classification.